17 days in West Coast, Zion National Park & Las Vegas Itinerary

17 days in West Coast, Zion National Park & Las Vegas Itinerary

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17 days in West Coast, Zion National Park & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: Pittsburgh
Fly:  7 h 30 min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + Foot + Bus:  5 h
3
Anaheim
— 3 nights
Drive:  7 h 15 min
4
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h
End: Pittsburgh

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Bring the kids along to Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences. There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and stroll around Crissy Field.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner.

Pittsburgh to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Pittsburgh to San Francisco. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Pittsburgh in July; daily highs in San Francisco reach 26°C and lows reach 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

3
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): trek along Panorama Trail, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, then explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and then cruise along Tioga Pass.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Anaheim.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Kids will enjoy Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. Pack the 24th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Knott's Berry Farm. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Downtown Disney, get your game on at Flightdeck Flight Simulation Center, and discover the magic at Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Anaheim online visit planner.

Do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Yosemite National Park to Anaheim in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect much hotter with lows of 23°C in Anaheim. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Fun & Games

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Knott's Berry Farm
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney

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Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of The Narrows and then trek along Angel's Landing.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Zion National Park online travel route planner.

You can drive from Anaheim to Zion National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Anaheim to Zion National Park due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Anaheim, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Zion National Park, ranging from highs of 40°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks
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The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing

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nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and The Roller Coaster. Venture out of the city with trips to Boulder City (Winged Figures of the Republic Statues & Hoover Dam) and Las Vegas Distillery (in Henderson). And it doesn't end there: admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, have fun and explore at DISCOVERY Children's Museum, and shop like a local with The Strip.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip planning website.

Drive from Zion National Park to Las Vegas in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Zion National Park to Las Vegas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Zion National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 47°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Boulder City, Las Vegas Distillery
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Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
DISCOVERY Children's Museum ©
DISCOVERY Children's Museum

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